Marketplace for Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Episode Description 

Fast food takes off during tough times

As the economy slides down, burgers sales start sizzling. Jeremy Hobson reports as a part of an ongoing series of unusual economic indicators.
Posted In: Economy, Food

More TV viewers tuning in online

Twenty percent of TV viewers are tuning in exclusively on their computers, leaving networks and advertisers scrambling to find a way to capture the evolving market. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Internet

Cricket takes a lesson from U.S. sports

In an attempt to boost interest in cricket, India is following the models of U.S. sports leagues, creating a faster-paced, flashier sport -- a strategy that is paying off. Mehul Srivastava reports.
Posted In: Sports

Best Beach Reads: Leisure class theory

Commentator Robert Reich continues our series on the best beach reads with a look back at economics during the Gilded Age with Thorstein Veblen's "The Theory of the Leisure Class."

Iraq in need of spending lessons

A new report says Iraq's flush with money, but if that's true, why are so many of its residents still without basic infrastructure? Host Kai Ryssdal asks Stuart Bowen where Iraq's cash is going and where it isn't.

Truck shipments continue to increase

A shipping trade group says truck shipments were up in June for the eighth consecutive month. Does this mean the economy's on the road to recovery? Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy

Automakers scaling back on leases

The Big Three automakers are giving their leasing practices an overhaul after getting slammed with losses by falling SUV and truck resale values. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Auto

Fed keeps the lending window open

Wall Street will continue to be able to take out emergency loans from the Federal Reserve through next year. Host Kai Ryssdal asks economist Cary Leahy about the impact of the Fed's lending.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

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